Respectful Workplace

Deepen your understanding of respectful workplace behaviour and learn how we can all contribute to a culture of respect at work.


Healthy people, healthy communities — for generations


To achieve excellence in health, healing and learning through working together


Respect is caring for each other and those we serve
Integrity is being honest and ethical
Courage is doing what is right even when it may be difficult
Innovation is being open to change, learning new things and exploring new possibilities
Accountability is answering to the people we serve and each other for our decisions and actions

Nova Scotia Health Respectful Workplace Policy

Nova Scotia Health is committed to fostering an environment that is healthy, safe and respectful that values diversity, and where all persons are treated and treat others with respect and dignity.  We have a shared responsibility to promote and sustain a respectful workplace, where all team members actively welcome diversity and work collaboratively towards ensuring a culture of respect.

The resources on this site are intended to help Nova Scotia Health team members (employees, physicians, volunteers, students, and learners) deepen their understanding of respectful workplace behaviour and provide examples of how we can all contribute to a culture of respect at work.

Please review Nova Scotia Health's Respectful Workplace Policy for definitions of offensive and disrespectful behaviour, and the procedures to follow for formal and informal complaints.


Resources from Nova Scotia Health to Get Started

More Resources

Download and print the Respectful Workplace and Code of Conduct posters for your work area.

Related Guides

Nova Scotia Health Respectful Workplace Workshop

Respectful Workplace Workshop

Nova Scotia Health Authority, 2018.

Where to start

10 Minute Resources

If you just have a few minutes, find introductory information, including short videos, checklists, tips, tools and articles.

Go to 10 Minute Resources       

10–30 Minute Resources

If you have a little more time, find more detailed information, including articles, podcasts, videos and TED Talks.

Go to 10–30 Minute Resources 

In-Depth Resources

If you have a few hours, take a deep dive into the subject, including books, MOOCs, courses, webinars and classes.

Go to In-Depth Resources         


Related LEADS capabilities include:

Lead Self Banner

Self-motivated leaders:

Are self aware
They are aware of their own assumptions, values, principles, strengths and limitations.
Manage themselves
They take responsibility for their own performance and health.
Develop themselves
They actively seek opportunities and challenges for personal learning, character building and growth.
Demonstrate character
They model qualities such as honesty, integrity, resilience and confidence.

Learn more about being a self-motivated leader.

Engage Others Banner

Engaged leaders:

Foster development of others
They support and challenge others to achieve professional and personal goals.
Contribute to the creation of healthy organizations
They create engaging environments where others have meaningful opportunities to contribute and ensure that resources are available to fulfill their expected responsibilities.
Communicate effectively
They listen well and encourage open exchange of information and ideas using appropriate communication media.
Build teams
They facilitate environments of collaboration and cooperation to achieve results.

Learn more about being an engaging leader.